THE COLOR PURPLE - A lesson in connecting character arcs to theme. #SpoilerAlert
I have experienced every iteration of Miss Celie's story:
- The novel
- The film
- The Broadway Tour ft. Fantasia (at the Pantages in Los Angeles in 2009. Fun Fact: This was the show that reintroduced me to my love for musical theater. It's why I eventually quit my job as an exec at The Syfy Channel and became a touring, performing artist myself. 😉)
- The Tony-award winning Broadway revival ft. Cynthia Erivo
Each iteration takes the epistolary novel of Celie writing letters to God and Nettie writing letters to Celie and turns them into strong vignettes throughout time as Celie learns to love herself, find joy, forgive, and trust God.
Because the story is told this way, you may find it hard to follow the structure. It leaps through time with a mostly inactive protagonist. So why does it work? 👇🏾